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Coastal Science & Engineering (CSE) is an award-winning team of scientists and engineers who specialize in solving problems in the coastal zone.  The main stay of our practice is beach restoration drawing on decades of experience in evaluating coastal erosion in a wide range of settings.  We determine the principal erosion factors at a site then design solutions that work with nature—doing this with scientific integrity, responsiveness, and dedication to clients’ needs.

CSE has successfully completed over 40 beach restoration projects involving 70 miles of shoreline and over 30 million cubic yards of sand.  Adding nearly 800 acres of beachfront area, these projects have helped protect property worth over $10 billion.  CSE projects at Isle of Palms (SC), Nags Head (NC), and Folly Beach County Park (SC) have received ASBPA’s Best Restored Beach Award.  Nags Head was the largest locally funded nourishment project ever constructed in the US at 4.6 million cubic yards and received an ACEC National Engineering Excellence Award in 2013.  And CSE’s innovative relocation of Captain Sams Inlet (SC) was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences as “both environmentally sensitive and cost effective, indicating the benefits of combining fundamental research on coastal processes with coastal engineering practices.” (NRC 1990 pg 144)

CSE’s team is unsurpassed at:

–Diagnosing causes of coastal erosion

–Locating beach-quality sand for restoration

–Formulating cost-effective designs

–Delivering projects on time within budget

We place greatest emphasis on field data collection and regular monitoring of the shoreline to track historical changes and to quantify outcomes.  Our unparalleled database for many project sites then provides a critical check on our model simulations.  We offer realistic predictions of outcomes and back them up with rigorous verifications.

CSE’s services ADD VALUE and produce SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS.  From the Carolinas to New York and the Caribbean, CSE is ready to bring exceptional expertise and to offer innovative solutions to coastal erosion problems.  We invite you to explore this site and learn more about CSE.

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